If you have been wooed by the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 currently selling for between 16,000 and 18,000 Naira at stores in Nigeria, you need to hit the breaks as we can confirm that it is actually the Samsung Galaxy Star Pro that is being repackaged. Whether this is a mistake or deliberate fraud we don’t know yet, but someone need to provide some answers and fast.
I was first alerted on this issue by a fan (thanks Uche Joshua) on Friday. For me the first red flag was the price, which was around 17,000 Naira, well below our expected price for the device of between 27,000 to 35,000 Naira, especially when the first generation Galaxy Ace starts at around N28,000 at the same stores.
But now we can confirm that it is the Samsung Galaxy Star Pro that is being sold to consumers. While the packaging says Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 every other thing right down to the model number says it is Galaxy Star Pro. While the Galaxy Ace 3 Duos should have the model number GT-S7272, the phones currently being sold by most stores has a model number of GT-S7262, which is the model number for the Galaxy Star Pro.
The difference between the two devices are huge in terms of performance. While the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 features a 1GHz dual-core processor with 1GB RAM and Android 4.2, the Samsung Galaxy Star Pro has only a singe-core 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM and Android 4.1.2.
The Galaxy Ace 3 also features a 5 megapixels camera and a front facing VGA camera while the Galaxy Star Pro manages only 2 megapixels camera and lacks a front facing camera. Perhaps the greatest difference for any true fan of the Galaxy Ace, is that the Galaxy Star Pro lacks 3G internet.
The bad thing is that you cannot rely on the specs published by the stores online as they do not seem to have verified the specs before selling.
We have contacted Samsung for comments but since Friday we are yet to get a response. What we will like to know is whether this is a business strategy, a mistake or a deliberate attempt to short change Nigerians? If it is a mistake what are they doing to correct it and will there be a product recall and compensation for consumers?
Meanwhile we wish to inform all interested buyers in Nigeria, knowing full well how much we love ‘awoof’ in this country, not to buy the current range of Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 currently being sold in Nigeria, because it is not the real thing. However, if you are okay with the limitations of the Galaxy Star Pro, you can go ahead and buy.